I got invited to a webinar on a boring topic (computer security). The speaker has impressive credentials ... and sells security-related services. No surprise. The presentation probably shows us all the things we're doing wrong and offers solutions ... for a price.
Normally, you get sales pitches for free with refreshments as bait. This hour-long webinar costs $25.
Where is the money going?
The speaker is probably free. Running a webinar costs very little:
- AnyMeeting: $0 (ad-supported) or $70 (ad-free) for 200 attendees
- Meetingburner: $0 for 15, $40 for 50 or $100 for 1,000
- Go To Webinar: $99 for 100
Google SaysToo often, technical speakers have content which is dull and overly-complicated. The delivery may be less than riveting ...
I did a web search for the speaker, expecting to find an impressive digital tapestry. As a minimum, I thought there would be media mentions, a blog and tweets. I was hoping for a live clip from an actual presentation. Instead, the only information available is from the speaker. That's not credible.
There are warning signs on LinkedIn
- no photo
- little detail
- no recommendations given or received
"Free" OfferThe first 25 tickets to the new event are free but the registration form shows no free option. Apparently you pay and get a refund later if you qualify. That’s unsatisfying.
A cynic might conclude there are two outcomes
- free for all: everyone is free (there’s no real cost for an extra attendee)
- all paid: everyone pays since there were no "free" tickets in the first place
There’s probably nothing underhanded in the ticket selling process. The speaker might be reasonably good. Even so, would you bother with the webinar even if free?
Your ClientsYou might not evaluate speakers the same way but is my process completely crazy? (You're free to leave a comment below.)
Your potential clients evaluate you in their own ways. They may not even notice how. Yet they make decisions.
You can't tell how clients will find you or what they'll value. Since time and attention are limited, the first impression could last mere seconds. The safe solution is to be easy to find and have stuff worth finding.
- How to run a webinar (Goodyear Toastmasters)
- Event planning showdown: Meetup, Eventbrite or proprietary?
- How to prepare, promote and practice a brand-new presentation
- How presenters under-deliver (and what to do)
- How to get your audience’s contact details
- Make your presentation better than a TED Talk
- Presenting with enthusiasm
- image courtesy of Richard Dudley (Australia)